AR pictures Switzerland 8:16am, 25 May 2009
2) Karawane against GMO's Switzerland/Suisse


Hi all,
I saw you were interested in my pictures, they were taken during the bike caravan against gmo's, This caravan started in Zürich (the place of one of the 2 experimental GMO field) in Switzerland and finished near Lausanne (where the second field is situated), so they went through all the Switzerland by bike to inform people against GMO's working with local associations/group/farmers/individuals. If you want to know more about it here you can have the daily report of what happened during the caravan (unfortunately it's only in German but there are also some photos)
here's the link for the daily reports:
karawane.wikibees.org/DE/Seiten/news_medien.html
Ah I forgot, In Switzerland we have a temporary ban against GMO's that is going to end in 2010 and we'll have to vote if we want to continue or not. So actually we don't have GMO's products in commerce.
The problem is that last year they created 2 experimental fields of GMO's in Switzerland to evaluate the risks of GMO's, but in reality it's make propaganda about the safety of GMO's (they also make guided tours) and to prepare the public opinion for the vote of next year.
One of these field has already been raided once last year.
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mikescottnz PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by mikescottnz (admin) 9 years ago
Danke/Thanks 'AR' welcome, we might have to see the precautionary approach as a 10-20yr battle for these untested crops and with huge money behind the hype .
Are your Swiss field trials adequately contained ?
There are more scientific guidelines now .
Several Swiss companies support gmo biotech eg Nestles, perhaps no suprise there?
Wheat is supposed to be the next staple crop to take to the gmo plan (the UNs Codex Alimentarius) supported by US , Australia and Canada ; Brazil had the sense to drops its support for this one on wheat with public pressure .
In Brazil gmo free production of soy causes it's own problems with the Amazonian forests being chopped down . Their usually better alternative choice market for 'GE free' or 'sans ogm' is getting out of hand because of the falsification of the world 'market' for gmos in general.
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Thanks so much for the Swiss Report :))) Much love from a German on Hawaii :))) In the GMO Experiment Land....
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mikescottnz PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by mikescottnz (admin) 5 years ago
(1) Nestles one of the few foreign (Swiss) companies that gave funds to stop gmo food labelling in California last Nov, 2012.

www.flickr.com/photos/twin_lens/8202412098/


This was so ridiculous that I had to share, and I hope that you will help us fight it.

Nigella sativa -- more commonly known as fennel flower or black cumin -- has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the Middle East and Asia.

But now Nestlé is claiming to own it, and trying take control over the natural cure of the fennel flower in order to turn it into a costly private drug. Please join me in telling Nestlé to stop trying to patent this natural cure.

action.sumofus.org/a/nestle-nigella-sativa/?sub=taf

Thank you.
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mikescottnz PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by mikescottnz (admin) 5 years ago
(1) Now 60,493 people have signed against the patent greed of this ancient widestread plant...

The world’s largest food company, Nestlé, is seeking a patent on the use of Nigella sativa to prevent food allergies, claiming the plant seed and extract when they are used as a food ingredient or drug. Commonly known as habbat al-barakah in Arabic, and frequently called “black seed”,“black cumin” or “fennel flower” in English,1 Nigella sativa is an ancient food and medicinal crop.
The Swiss giant’s claims appear invalid, as traditional uses of Nigella sativa clearly anticipate Nestlé’s patent application, and developing country scholarship has already validated these traditional uses and further described, in contemporary scientific terms, the very medicinal
properties of black seed that Nestlé seeks to claim as it own “invention”.

Black Seed
The date and location of domestication of Nigella sativa is not clearly established, but the plant was certainly under wide cultivation more than 3000 years ago, when it was placed in the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun. Historical evidence also shows contemporaneous, or earlier, black seed cultivation in Jordan and Iraq. In addition, wild types of Nigella sativa grow in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, suggesting domestication may have originally occurred there.2
In ancient times, Nigella sativa cultivation ranged at least from North Africa across the Middle East and into South Asia, where the plant has also been used in traditional medicine for 1000 years or more. Today, black seed is sown in its traditional range as well as in more southerly
parts of Africa, in Europe, and elsewhere in the world.
Because black seed is widely cultivated, unlike some medicinal plants, obtaining plant seeds is very easy. The Nestlé Nigella sativa story is instead about how traditional knowledge has been appropriated. Thus, although the case is unlike biopiracy cases that involve illegal access to rare or endemic plants, it shares a common theme of many of those cases: corporations claiming traditional knowledge as their own in patent applications.
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Nigella sativa has many common names.English renderings of the Hindi
name,such as kalonji or kalaunji, are also sometimes used as English common names.
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